It is interesting for me to note that the only person who thinks it is a good idea to have unrestrained dogs in the front of the car is a Pug owner,
as it was in exactly these circumstances that a Pug owning friend of my sister trashed his BMW M3.
As you know Pugs are solid little things and incredibly determined....'M' (the Pug & Beamer owner) was at a set of traffic lights with his dog loose
in the front of the car. As the lights changed and his queue of traffic began to move, another car with a couple of Golden Retrievers (properly
secured) in the back went past in the adjacent and slightly less busy lane. Well the Pug was incredibly determined to see off these interlopers into
his territory and hurled his solid little body across the cockpit, catching 'M' on the point of his chin with sufficient force that he cracked a tooth
and saw stars. Unfortunately he also pushed just a little harder on the Beamers throttle, just enough to hit the powerband and with a mighty snarl
his prized BMW ploughed into the back of the car in front! While no serious injuries were sustained by any of the parties involved the expense for
'M' was enormous.....Suffice it to say he; keeps his Pug restrained in the car now.
This all took place a while back now, I've had to repeat this story to one other Pug owner (this one female and driving a Mercedes SLK).....I had
helped her train the Pug as a pup and she knows that I'm very, very serious about my dogs (I walk packs of up to fifteen at a time) and to my great
relief she took heed and now keeps the dog on the passenger seat in a harness.
Just so you know that I'm not Bulls******g you, here's part of the pack (It's not me in the pic BTW, I'm the one taking it):
The second Pug that I mentioned is actually the dominant bitch of the pack in the picture. She's got two massive Chocolate Labradors, seven Lurchers,
two Spanadors, a Cocker Spaniel, a Jack Russel Terrier and a Japanese Akita as her wingmen/enforcers and people think she's cute.....She's more like
So anyhow, theconspirator
, I hope you can see that I'm not trying to patronise you, I'm a very genuine dog-lover and I do know what I'm on
about. Lurchers are my choice of companion but I understand, admire and appreciate Pugs (and every other breed and crossbreed except Wolf-Dogs which
are just a bloody silly idea).
Please don't underestimate the potential dangers that you are exposing yourself, your dog and other road users to by allowing them to be loose in the
front of the car. Imagine if the 'M' incident (which I can assure you is absolutely real) had taken place at a school crossing?
22-6-2013 by squarehead666 because: the usual